". . . God is light, and in him
is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth."
A Contrite Heart
Walking in darkness means walking in sin.
John may have had in mind people who claimed to be
enjoying a close relationship with God,
but whose lives were clearly characterized by sin.
Such a state of affairs, John says boldly,
is impossible ~ such persons are lying.
The Lord offers us fellowship with Himself,
but He looks for fellowship from us as well.
He longed for the fellowship of His disciples
on the eve of His crucifixion.
"With desire I have desired to eat this Passover
with you before I suffer."
He needed their fellowship to strengthen Him
for His conflict and His cross.
And today, He still asks for it!
It is something that is constant
and continuous that the Lord needs!
A wave of emotion at a church service,
and the opening of the heart to Christ
is good,but it is not enough.
Some people are deeply touched at a mission service,
but the impression soon passes away.
Some welcome Christ as a Visitor for a week-end,
but when Monday comes,
care or pleasure banishes Him from hearts and homes.
Something more is needed!
Our heart must be one that He can make a home in!
It must be a contrite heart!
It must be a cleansed heart!
It must be a sensitive heart!
"Thus saith the LORD,
The heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me?
and where is the place of my rest? . . .
to this man will I look,
even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit,
and trembleth at my word."
Our heavenly home
is where our heart should be fixed on!
I love Thee, I love Thee,
And that Thou doest know;
But how much I love Thee,
My heart ought to show!
"Lord Dictated Them"